Pokémon Go took the world by storm with the Artificial Reality powered game back in July 2016. Although the game’s popularity saw a small downfall, it is still widely popular among players. Many events, raids, and shiny Pokémon have still kept the flames alive for the game, and many players like me go back to the game for the nostalgia it brings.
Here, we shall discuss the best Pokémon Go locations in the world, which may come in handy when you plan your next trip.
- 1 Why Is Pokémon Go Location Important?
- 2 Best Pokémon Go Locations In The World
- 3 Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Japan
- 3.1 1. Akihabara, Tokyo
- 3.2 2. Ueno Park, Tokyo
- 3.3 3. Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shibuya, Tokyo
- 4 Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In USA
- 4.1 1. Central Park, NY City
- 4.2 2. Santa Monica Pier, California
- 4.3 3. Disneyland, California and Orlando (and other places around the world)
- 5 Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Europe
- 5.1 1. Paris, France
- 5.2 2. Big Ben And Surroundings, London
- 5.3 3. Copenhagen, Denmark
- 5.4 4. Rome, Italy
- 6 Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Africa
- 6.1 Cape Town, South Africa
- 7 Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Oceania
- 7.1 1. Sydney, Australia
- 7.2 2. Melbourne, Australia
- 7.3 3. Auckland, New Zealand
- 8 Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Asia
- 8.1 1. Jakarta, Indonesia
- 8.2 2. Seoul, South Korea
- 8.3 3. Singapore
- 9 Wrapping Up
Why Is Pokémon Go Location Important?
Before taking a look at the best places to play Pokémon Go, you may be wondering why locations are so important in this game. The primary reason is the fact that not all Pokémon are available in all regions. With the recent addition of the fifth generation Pokémons, the monsters are spread all over the world, with certain regions having exclusive rare Pokémon as well.
Locally, the natural scenery relates to the type of Pokémon available in the area. Thus, you will find water type Pokémon near water parks, grass and bug type Pokémon near parks, etc. You need to keep this in mind before looking for Pokémon locally.
There are certain things you need to keep in mind before looking for good Pokémon Go locations. You need to consider the number of interactive game elements available in a spot. Thus, the greater number of Pokestops in an area, the better the chances of catching rare Pokémon in that area. More Pokestops can also be advantageous, as you can get more items regularly, along with greater chance of getting a rare spawn.
Some of the best Pokémon Go locations also have gyms close to them. Gyms host the raids, winning which grants you special items and a chance of catching the gym boss Pokémon as well. Keep this in mind as well while looking for the good Pokémon Go locations.
Best Pokémon Go Locations In The World
Here is a list of some of the best Pokémon Go locations for rare spawns around the world, where you are more likely to find rare spawns.
Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Japan
Being the birthplace of Pokémon, Japan deserves a separate entry on this list. The country itself is filled with beautiful locations, and many trainers find admiring the scenery while catching Pokémon as well. The capital city Tokyo itself has many Pokémon hotspots, and many establishments have Pokémon related nicknames.
There are many Asia specific Pokémon that you will find in japan, which include the following:
Farfetch’d, Corsola, Torkoal, Pachirisu, Chatot, Pansage, and Basculin.
1. Akihabara, Tokyo
Starting with the electronic shopping hub, Akihabara is one of the best places to play Pokémon Go in Japan. The area is filled with Pokéstops, and you can also add lures and incense sticks to boost the spawn rate of rare Pokémon. The popularity of Pokémon Go has led to many establishments in the area offering promo codes, you will also find Pokémon themed cafes, restaurants, and shops in the area.
One of the best things about Akihabara is the popularity of the game itself. You will find many fellow players, with whom you can team up and go on legendary Pokégym battles. Make sure to check out the collectibles as well while you are in the vicinity.
2. Ueno Park, Tokyo
Japan’s Ueno Park is known for the Pokéstop clusters that you will find. At any time of the day, you will find these bundled Pokéstops filled with lures, and you can also use the incense sticks to further increase the spawn rate of rare Pokémon.
Ueno Park is one of the many hotspots in the capital of Japan, and you will find your time used up by the frequent spawns of many Pokémon from different generations. The place is also a popular tourist attraction due to the spectacular Sakura Tree blooms, and is usually filled with tourists in spring. Do not miss Ueno Park if you come to Tokyo.
3. Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shibuya, Tokyo
The Meiji Jingu forest shrine is another popular place in Tokyo, Japan when it comes to Pokémon Go. The Shinto shrine is dedicated to the sacred spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, and the place is a popular tourist spot all year round. The place is a popular rare Pokémon hotspot, so you can catch many monsters during your visit here.
Make sure to check out the spots surrounding the Shrine, such as Yoyogi Park, Tokyo Tower, and Shinjuku. Here, you will find more grass and flying type Pokémon among others, such as Jigglypuff, Electrabuzz, Tangela, etc. Shinjuku is popular in Japan for being the Pikachu hotspot, and you will be able to catch a bunch of Pikachu and collect candies for the same.
Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In USA
The most popular Pokémon Go locations in USA are situated in NY, California, and Chicago. There are some exclusive Pokémon in North America, which include the following:
Tauros, Heracross, Seviper, Illumise, Pachirisu, Carnivine, Basculine, Maractus, Sigilyph, Throh, Solrock and Shellos.
Here are some places in North America where you can find rare Pokémon and common Pokémon with high CP.
1. Central Park, NY City
The Central Park in Manhattan, NY is one of the most iconic places to play Pokémon Go. The place is filled with Pokestops in close vicinity, and you can place lures to attract many Pokémon to this place as well. You can catch a variety of grass and water type Pokémon due to the water areas around the park.
Make sure to read the safety instructions on the Central Park website before going to play the game there, as the game is approved by them and even hosts events from time to time, given the players follow the required safety measures. While in NY, also check the Metropolitan Museum, Brooklyn bridge, and Times Square.
2. Santa Monica Pier, California
The pier became a Pokémon hotspot in the summer of 2017, when many rare Gen 1 Pokémon suddenly spawned in abundance. Since then, Santa Monica has regularly been one of the best places to catch rare Pokémon in USA. Although recently there had been complaints about network reception in the Pier, which had led to many players not going to the pier as often nowadays.
You can still find Tyranitar and Unown among other rare Pokémon from different generations, so make sure you do not forget to visit this location.
3. Disneyland, California and Orlando (and other places around the world)
In a sweet combination of magic and Pokémon, Disneyland resorts are some of the best places to play Pokémon Go and catch powerful Pokémon. The areas are filled with Pokéstops, and you can place lures to attract powerful Pokémon to the vicinity to catch them.
There also gyms present in which you can battle for supremacy. You also get rare item drops, which should help you level up quicker in the game. Make sure you follow the safety measures and proper etiquettes, so as to not disturb the decorum of the place while playing games.
Tip: You will usually find good Pokémon Go locations having many Pokéstops. There are some other places in North America like Chicago lake Front (60 PS), Long Beach, Washington DC, Toronto (16), Vancouver (7), and Miami that you can also check out for the same.
Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Europe
The European continent has many beautiful locations, and good hotspots for Pokémon Go players as well. Europe also has some regional exclusives, which include the following:
Mr. Mime, Mime Jr. (hatched from eggs), Volbeat, Lunatone, Zangoose, Tropius, Relicanth, and Sawk.
If you are planning a Europe trip post-pandemic, here are the locations you may want to check out to catch that rare Pokémon.
1. Paris, France
As many Pokémon Go lovers will tell you, Paris city is one of best places to find rare Pokémon and grind to level up quicker. Almost any scenic location is Paris (spoiler: there are many) is filled with Pokéstops. One of the most common places is of course the Eiffel Tower, where you will find many Pokéstops.
On your way to the Eiffel Tower, wait around the water areas to catch some powerful water type Pokémon. You will most likely find Dratini, Goldeen, Golduck, and Polywag among many others. While at Paris, head over to Trocadéro Gardens, Louvre Museum, and the Arc de Triomphe for some scenic pleasure along with Pokéstop clusters.
2. Big Ben And Surroundings, London
The capital city London hosts many landmarks and sceneries, which accompany Pokémon hotspots. Around the Big Ben, you are more likely to find many rare and powerful Pokémon, which can be increased by placing lures around the Pokéstops. Similar to most other landmarks, you will find Pokégyms here, which give you a shot at legendary raid attacks.
Combining scenic locations with Pokémon battles is a fun experience, and you will surely find this in London. Apart from Big Ben, also check out Hyde Park, the University district, Leicester Square, and the Arsenal Stadium.
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
The capital city of Denmark has seen some Safari events in Copenhagen, which saw many Pokéstops and gyms being added in clusters. In and around the city, you will find many common Generations 3 and 4 Pokémon spawns, so you can catch Pokémon like Torchic, Makuhita, Gulpin, and Skitty among others while taking a stroll.
Two of the most popular areas in Copenhagen for Pokémon Go include the Amager City Quarter and Fisketorvet. Both these areas have a ton of Pokéstops, and you can place lures to increase the spawn rate of the powerful Pokémon as well. Stroll around the city using the metro, or rent a bicycle there and you will surely find good Pokémon along with some beautiful sceneries as well.
While in Copenhagen, make sure to check out Tivoli Gardens, The National Museum, Amalienborg Palace and the Strøget Shopping Mile for tourist scenic spots while also playing Pokémon Go.
4. Rome, Italy
Another beautiful city that is full of beautiful sceneries and powerful Pokémon is the capital city Rome. There are certain areas of the city, especially around natural monuments, which have clusters of Pokéstops. You will find many starters Pokémons from Gen 1 and 2, and some evolved Pokémon like Espion and Umbreon spawning as well.
You will find these clusters around the monuments of national importance, such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica. Placing lures should get you powerful rare spawns, and you also get a chance at the legendary Pokégym raid battles.
Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Africa
There are certain Pokémon which you will find in high concentration in the African continent. These Pokémon include:
Corsola. Tropius, Shellos, Pansear, Throh, Basculin, Sigilyph, and Heatmor.
Cape Town, South Africa
The African continent is filled with beautiful landmarks and scenic routes, so you will have fun while travelling around and looking for Pokémon as well. The beautiful city of Cape Town is one of the best places to play Pokémon Go. There are many areas around the city where you will find rare and powerful Pokémon, so make sure to look for Pokémon near the hotspots.
The city is filled with Pokéstops, so you will be able to restock your supplies while looking for rare Pokémon. If you place lures around these clusters, you will also find rare and powerful Pokémon spawning more often. These clusters are usually around the national monuments, so you can catch Pokémon while sightseeing as well.
Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Oceania
Th continental group Oceania houses many important tourist spots from Australia and other countries within the area. Although not immensely popular, there are many regional exclusives that you will find in this area. These exclusives include:
Kangaskhan, Corsola, Zangoose, Volbeat, Tropius, Lunatone, Durant, and Relicanth (rare).
If you are planning a trip to the southern pacific islands post pandemic, here are some of the places you should add to your travel list to catch the regional exclusives and powerful Pokémon.
1. Sydney, Australia
The Opera house is probably one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of Australia. The Australian capital city Sydney is one of the best Pokémon Go locations, and you are sure to find a tonne of rare and powerful Pokémon. The popularity of the game in the region has led to some local establishments selling promo codes to the trainers as well.
The most abundant Pokémon here is the Pikachu, and Kangaskhan is exclusive to this country. You will find many Pokéstops in the popular Australian locations, such as the Opera House, Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay, and the Bondi Beach among other locations.
2. Melbourne, Australia
After its launch, Melbourne quickly became obsessed with the Pokémon Go game. It is evident from the hotspots you will find in the city of Melbourne, so you can add it to the list of locations you want to catch Pokémon while in Australia. You will find many water type Pokémon along the beautiful banks of Yarra or Port Phillip, and grass and bug type near the Botanic Gardens.
Similar to Sydney, you will have a higher chance of catching Kangaskhan which is a regional exclusive. Check out the various beautiful scenic locations around the State Library, Federation Square, Queen Victoria Market, and the vineyards along the Flagstaff Gardens and Yarra River.
3. Auckland, New Zealand
Home to the exclusive Relicanth, Auckland is one of the best areas for Pokémon Go players around the world. Filled with water bodies and scenic locations, you will enjoy your time catching rare Pokémon around the hotspots located all over the city. Near the coastal areas, there are higher chances of finding Relicanth and Durant, although these Pokémon are really rare to find.
Best Places To Play Pokémon Go In Asia
The Asian subcontinent is primarily known for the variety of food and tourist spots, and you can add Pokémon to this list as well. The regional exclusives in the Asian continent include the Pokémon mentioned above, and here are some of the places that you should add to your travel plan if you wish to catch Pokémon along with sightseeing as well.
1. Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia has seen influence from many diverse cultures around the world, and so is the diversity in the Pokémon that you will find in this city. There are many places in Jakarta where you can find clusters of Pokéstops, along with cafes and restaurants to help you catch a break when you catch them all.
The most popular areas in Jakarta include the National Museum, The Central Park Mall, and the Plaza Festival. You will also find Pokégyms in around Lotte Shopping Avenue and CityWalk.
While in Indonesia, check out some other popular spots such as Sumatra and Jayapura, where people have reported higher spawn rate of legendary Pokémon such as Moltres and Ho-oh.
2. Seoul, South Korea
The beautiful city of Seoul is mainly known for the tourist spots, and now most of them are filled with clusters of Pokéstops. Farfetch’d is one of the Pokémons exclusive to this region along with Japan, while Torkoal is limited to South Asia, and you will find many others around the popular locations.
While in Seoul, make sure to check the Pokéstop clusters around Myeong-dong, Seoul tower, and Gyeongbokgung Palace among other areas. Here, you can meet other Pokémon Go players as well, who will participate in the Gym Raid battles for a chance at legendary Pokémon.
The small country of Singapore is filled with scenic locations, most of which host huge clusters of Pokéstops. Many events have been arranged in this area as well, with the Sentosa Safari event bringing closer more than 95000 trainers from around the world. Players caught a wide range of Pokémon including Tropius, Unown, and Shuckle among others.
While in Singapore, make sure to check the Pokémon clusters in and around Sentosa, Tao Payoh Dragon Playground, ION Orchard, and the Hougang area for those rare spawns. You will also be able to refill your materials, as you go through the Pokéstop clusters around the country.
So, there you have it. Now you know the best Pokémon Go locations around the world, that you can use to plan your next travel. Comment below if you found this useful, and tell us where you caught your most powerful Pokémon in the game.